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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 11-11-2010, 08:16 PM
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2011 BMW X5 Sport wheels

Planning on ordering the 2011 BMW X5 Sport on Saturday, but I'm having a hard time deciding on whether to get the 20" wheels with performing tires or 19" wheels with all weather tires.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:53 PM
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I decided to go with the 20" wheels with performance tires. I will just buy new winter tires and swap the tires that came with the X5. Any recommendation on winter tires?
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:32 AM
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You're better off getting a new set of 18" winter wheels and tires, than to spend $ on 20" winter tires, and the associated cost of swapping the tires on 2X each year. Plus you get the benefit of narrower winter tires from the 18's.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:05 AM
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You're better off getting a new set of 18" winter wheels and tires, than to spend $ on 20" winter tires, and the associated cost of swapping the tires on 2X each year. Plus you get the benefit of narrower winter tires from the 18's.
+1. The 18" setup will have higher sidewalls than the 20" setup, which will protect your rims from the notorious NY potholes. (You don't want to know what replacing a 20" Style 214 wheel costs....)

By having a dedicated set of winter wheels, you will not have to pay to have the 20" snows mounted, demounted and rebalanced twice a year. The wheels will pay for themselves in 2 winters. Plus you avoid the risk of a ham-fisted tech damaging your beautiful 214's.

Do yourself a huge favor and consider wheel and tire insurance - either the BMW plan your dealer will try to sell you, or the excellent 3rd party plan offered by Flow BMW. Check out my experience on the Tire Insurance thread - a $615 tire replacement on the second day I owned my X5!
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:22 AM
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Buying a new set of wheels for winter might be the way to go.

There are only 4 wheels available for the 2011 X5 Sport. All 19" wheels

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resul...+After+10%2F10
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:09 AM
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Personally I would go 20" for your summer and 19's for your winter setup. I felt the difference by going down 2 inches in rim size made the car feel too soft but I like a firm ride. Chicago has lotz-o-potholes and I have never had one issue with my 19's, plus the the 18's run 255's just like the 19's so the only difference will be the sidewall. I have Pirelle ice & snow RFT's for my winters and they are excellent. The Pirelle is a pretty stiff tire so the performance is good and the car is like a snowmobile on the snow and ice. As for the cost, a winter/summer setup forces you to pay all the money for tires upfront. My experience is you will get a few years out of both sets before replacing. If you sell your X in the future, you will be able to recoup the winter setup cost by selling them on craigslist or ebay.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:10 AM
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^ The best looking $199 one is sold out, and the three OZ ones cost WHAT?!! 4GS??!! Hell no!
I was referring to AL88's tirerack link.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:22 AM
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^ The best looking $199 one is sold out, and the three OZ ones cost WHAT?!! 4GS??!! Hell no!
I was referring to AL88's tirerack link.
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Buying a new set of wheels for winter might be the way to go.

There are only 4 wheels available for the 2011 X5 Sport. All 19" wheels

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resul...+After+10%2F10
Something is up with TR's website...Check out the available rims when searching for "winter tire package"
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:29 AM
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Has anyone gone thru a snowy winter with their 214 20 inchers & summer tires? How was that like? I know it won't be the same as havin a set of smaller width winters, but what if you drive CAREFULLY and SLOWLY, will you be able to manage or no?
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:52 AM
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Check out this thread here, 18's are definitely available as someone just purchased this setup.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=497066

18" wheel options on tirerack.

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterW...ty12=4&Qty13=4

Edit: Something's funky on TR's site, as the link won't direct to the page I had just now. What I had done was to select the winter wheel/tire pkg by first choosing the car, then 18" pkg, picked a winter tire, and the wheel options showed up. I believe there were 10 wheels available.

If all else fails, goto the tirerack section of this site and ask the guy directly to show you the available options.

FYI, there's ALOT less tire and wheel options for 19's, and its also more expensive.


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Buying a new set of wheels for winter might be the way to go.

There are only 4 wheels available for the 2011 X5 Sport. All 19" wheels

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resul...+After+10%2F10
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Last edited by two-five boy; 11-12-2010 at 08:56 AM. Reason: tirerack's link SUCKS!
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:58 AM
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I wouldn't chance it at any more than 2" of snow on the ground. Just looking at the tread blocks of the dunlops doesn't inspire confidence.

However, I'm not buying the idea that the sport tires have no traction at <45 degrees, as I've driven on summer tires w/a much lighter car before and no issues.


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Has anyone gone thru a snowy winter with their 214 20 inchers & summer tires? How was that like? I know it won't be the same as havin a set of smaller width winters, but what if you drive CAREFULLY and SLOWLY, will you be able to manage or no?
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:22 AM
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I ordered 20" Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow RFTs. Scheduled install the weekend after Thanksgiving. Will send pics and give an update after first snow.
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